“Not before time”
As part of the Big Spring Clean 2015, City of York Council has planned a major clean-up of the verges and laybys on the A64.
Alongside 45 different community activities to support the Big Spring Clean, council staff will start work on the stretch of the outer ring road from Bilbrough Top to the Hopgrove Roundabout on 23 March.
Motorists are advised that sections of the dual carriageway’s single, inside lanes will be closed to protect workers, from 8pm after the evening peak and reopened ready for the morning peak.
Council teams will be undertaking other aspects of spring cleaning in the same week including brushing up signage and traffic islands across the city. Following council work to prune trees on the riverbank, together with the River Foss Society, council teams will also help clean up the Foss waterway and banks.
Council staff are also volunteering to join in litter picks organised for the areas in and around Hazel Court and West Offices.
To volunteer or for more information about the Big Spring Clean, visit www.york.gov.uk/smarteryork email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01904 551551, follow @CityofYork #SmarterYork
Street cleansing standards take another hit
The York Council is to remove more litter bins from the City’s streets.
It is claiming that the installation of “smart” compaction bins in the City centre and Acomb Front Street has been a “success” and is now aiming to replace old style bins on a one for two basis.
Compactor bin jammed with rubbish
One of the Foxwood Lane bins which will be axed
The smart bins compact rubbish using solar power and are supposed to alert the Council electronically when they are full.
They have had a mixed reaction from residents and traders.
The locations where only one bin will be provided in future include:
- Copmanthorpe – near chipshop
- Foxwood Lane – corner near shops
- Tad Rd – Opposite chipshop
Another of the bins that will be removed
- St Aubyn’s Place
- Badger Hill – near shops
- Tang Hall Ln – shops
- Marygate – entrance to Museum Gardens
- Union Terrace Coach/car park
Litter accumulating behind a junction box. An increasingly familiar sight in sub-urban York
- Haxby – the village – near shops
- City Centre – Newgate Market
- City Centre – Spurriergate – near junc with High Ousegate
- City Centre – Kings Sq
- Broadway – Shops
- Blossom Street O/S Odean
Meanwhile complaints about litter drift are increasing and a petition asking for more litter bins to be provide is being drawn up
The York Council needs to get a grip of the growing number of issues affecting the estates that it is responsible for managing.
Dozens of issues are being reported to the Council with little feedback.
A petition has been started in Chapelfields asking the Council to improve parking arrangements and provide better maintenance of communal areas
Litter still covers the Cornlands playground
Several local playgrounds and open spaces are covering in litter.
The problems have increased since the start of the school holidays but the root cause was the councils decision to remove many litter bins 12 months ago.
We have reported the Cornlands Park, Chesney’s field, the Westfield Place field and the Grange Lane play area this week.
Grange Lane playground – Equipment repaired but litter everywhere
At Grange Lane the play equipment is now all in working order but the area has been spoiled by litter and dumping.
In our view each of these – and one or two other locations – should each have at least one litter bin.
The Council is to introduce what they describe as a “new” policy on litter. Details click here
Litter and rubbish in little Green Lane garage area
In reality most of the policy is little different from that which was implemented over a decade ago.
Mechanisation has increased the areas that can be swept – particularly in the City centre – but in sub-urban areas litter has been a growing problem since bins were removed a couple of years ago.
The “policy” makes no mention of dog fouling – again a problem that has been on the increase since the Dog Wardens were cut. More joint use litter/poop scoop bins are, however, promised.
Other essential street level posts have been cut leaving York’s front line dangerously undermanned.
The effective, and much missed, Street Environment Officers have now gone to be replaced by an, improbably named, “Smarter York Officer”.
Once again the emphasis is on forcing residents to undertake work previously done by the Council.
Cornlands Road snicket covered in detritus and litter
“Spring cleans” are promised but not in areas like the Cornlands estate where standards are now very poor.
The “cabinet” member taking decisions (the irredeemably inept “leftie” Levene) apparently hasn’t asked for any statistics to be included in the plan.
Residents will want to be sure that their taxes are being spent wisely.
They expect to see performance measures, clear targets and a real on the ground improvement plan.
Sadly that is not part of the agenda for York’s Labour Council.
Any hopes that the Labour Council would finally get on top of public service standards in the City have been dealt a fatal blow over the last few weeks.
The number of complaints about street level service problems are escalating.
The Council’s on line “report it” system is proving to be more and more unreliable.
The Council has admitted that between 3rd September 2012 and 1st July 2013, they received 727 complaints.
Of these 402 were found to be justified.
Meanwhile, in little over an hour, the following problems were reported in parts of the Westfield ward.
Dumping and litter on Tithe Close snicket reported on 23rd August. Partly blamed on cancelation of skip programme in the Cornlands area
Weeds growing through footpath in St Stephens Square
Weed growth on Otterwood Lane. Reported 23rd August 2013